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Robert Wakeham

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  • Comment on: Legal challenge to Brokenshire’s rejection of Proctor & Matthews' Purley scheme

    Robert Wakeham's comment 18 January, 2019 3:18 pm

    Looking at image 3/7, the tower appears to have been assembled from disparate pieces left over from a variety of different third-rate buildings.
    Some sort of giant joke? - or are Proctor and Matthews so seduced by deconstructivism that they're blind to just how trashy this looks?

  • Comment on: Foster + Partners submits plans for Cotswolds car museum

    Robert Wakeham's comment 18 January, 2019 3:04 pm

    'Seeks to support the wider community' is hopefully not the same as the Trumpspeak up on the Aberdeen coast, where it would've been translated as meaning menial jobs for the local peasantry.

  • Comment on: SimpsonHaugh Manchester skyscraper scrapped

    Robert Wakeham's comment 18 January, 2019 2:54 pm

    Not a very clear explanation of why this building is apparently no longer viable at the stage when home purchasers have paid deposits - the City Council is one of the partners in the project, and surely a great deal more transparency is needed on the nature of the 'issues' that have blocked such an apparently well designed development.

  • Comment on: Don’t give up on Cardross seminary, architects tell church

    Robert Wakeham's comment 17 January, 2019 1:41 pm

    A regrettable situation for the Catholic Church, when they themselves could well have unwittingly assisted the way in which the abandoned seminary has been so spectacularly trashed by vandals.
    One of the contributors to the severe social problems in the more deprived parts of Scotland's Central Belt is the local availability of Buckfast tonic wine, despite representations to the Benedictine order at the abbey in South Devon, where the wine is produced in an architectural award winning facility.
    The £10m could most definitely be funded from the profits of this very successful enterprise, but the 'arm's length' company responsible for marketing the caffeine and alcohol based 'tonic' won't even consider the change to plastic from the heavy glass bottles that prove such effective missiles - or, when broken, vicious weapons.
    The company's board includes members of the monastic community, but this seems to count for nothing.

  • Comment on: Why public realm is the key to saving the high street

    Robert Wakeham's comment 14 January, 2019 11:31 am

    There's one 'deft design move' that's outside the remit of architects, planners, developers and local authorities - the need to ensure that the attractions of e-commerce aren't artificially inflated by an outdated fiscal regime that's favoring the likes of Amazon over the high street competition - that seems to have falsely distorted the economics of retail trade, and which can only be corrected if national politicians don't assume that an e-commerce free-for-all is good for their popularity.

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